Philly Marathon! The Race Of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia, PA  The conditions were ideal for the Gore-Tex Philly Marathon and Half Marathon. The race kicked off with a great tradition as Mayor Nutter (joined this year by PA Governor-Elect Tom Wolf) slapping a few thousand high 5’s to get the runners going.

Both races meandered through the historic sites of Philadelphia including Center City, along the Schuylkill River and past the very rowdy sections of University City. The full marathon headed through Fairmount Park to Manayunk and both events finished at the Art Museum as runners channeled their inner Rocky Balboa at the finish line.

Joe Gigas and the NJ Marathon team...all smiles at the Expo.

Joe Gigas and the NJ Marathon team…all smiles at the Expo.

Spirits were extremely high for this race. More than 30,000 participants and the seas of energetic spectators filled the streets of Philadelphia. This event should undoubtedly be on your race calendar for next year. The team has done this race every year since 2009 and we would never miss it.

If the half or the full is outside of your comfort length, we recommend you join the Rothman Institute 8K, which takes place on Saturday as part of race weekend. It’s a great way to be a part of an unforgettable running weekend.


Great logo and catch-phrase for a great race.

The Marathon Expo, which occurs Friday and Saturday, is also one of the best we have ever seen.

Congrats to all our readers and friends for completing this amazing race. A special congrats goes out to our buddy Craig Segal of Runner’s High of Freehold. Segal inked an impressive 14th overall.

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